This Week in Petroleum History, February 5 to February 11

 

February 7, 1817 –  Manufactured Gas illuminates Baltimore

America’s first public street lamp fueled by manufactured gas illuminated a street in Baltimore, Maryland. The city’s Gas Light Company became the first U.S. commercial gas lighting company by distilling tar and wood to make its illuminating gas.

A small monument to the street lamp today stands at the corner of ...

Source: American Oil & Gas Historical Society